Our story begins with the dream of one man and continues with the dream of every pilot to own an Enstrom. Follow our timeline below to learn more about our passion for flight and commitment to quality, safety and value.
A photo of Rudy Enstrom testing one of his homebuilt helicopters in a quarry in the Upper Peninsula town of Crystal Falls, Michigan. This shows his third attempt in the winter of 1957. An iron mine mechanic with little knowledge of helicopter design, Rudy was able to patent three designs that were initially used to design this aircraft.
Founder Rudy Enstrom, President Jack Christensen and Salesman Fred Hill try out N195D, a two-bladed experimental helicopter called the F-27. October 1960. Photo taken by Enstrom Engineer Al Ballauer.
Enstrom reputation reaches France at the Le Mans 24-hour race, possibly the most famous motorsports race in the world.
The Enstrom 280C, FAA certified in 1975 and recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the 25 best designs of that year.
Enstrom introduces the F28F Falcon as the workhorse of the Enstrom fleet. This helicopter serves police forces, agricultural sprayers, training organizations, utility workers, private fliers and wildlife conservationists around the world. FAA Certified in 1980, the F28F has a long history as a safe, hard working, quality product.
The 480 series of Enstrom turbine helicopters were introduced upon FAA certification in November 1993. It quickly established itself as the best value-for-the-money aircraft in the light turbine class.
In 2004, Enstrom delivered 18 – 480B’s to the Indonesian National Police.
Enstrom delivers the first of 30 – 480B’s to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force for pilot training.
Enstrom completes the order for the Royal Thai Army by delivering 16 helicopters. Work begins on the Japan contract, with eight helicopters delivered by the end of the year.
The year ends with Enstrom being purchased by Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co., Ltd. (CQHIC). Orders are placed from three Chinese companies for ten aircraft.
Enstrom delivers the second ten helicopters to Japan to complete the requirements for 2013; a further ten aircraft are to be delivered in 2014. Argentina receives two, to be used as Emergency Medical Services vehicles. A contract is signed with Venezuela to deliver 16 training helicopters.
The company also undertakes an expansion project, doubling the size of its facility and increasing its workforce. The new space is scheduled for completion in early 2014.
The expansion project is completed, and departments move into their new spaces with an eye toward efficiency and productivity.
Certification of the 480B with the Garmin G1000H glass cockpit is complete, with the new configuration dubbed the 480B-G. The first model 480B-G is delivered to a customer in New Hampshire (see photo).
The final two ships of the Japan contract are delivered, bringing a successful program to completion.
Development of the new trainer TH180 continues, after a well-received unveiling of a mockup at HAI.